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LaVar Ball was pretty darn fun in Philadelphia

LaVar Ball was pretty darn fun in Philadelphia

LaVar Ball was in Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Yep, you guessed it — pure entertainment.

Ball visited the Wells Fargo Center to take in the Sixers-Lakers game. His son, Lonzo, delivered the game-winning assist in the final seconds of the Lakers' 107-104 decision over the Sixers.

Postgame was fun, to say the least, and the theatrics all started before the final buzzer actually sounded. The show commenced when Ball was spotted in his suite waving his arms and riling up fans.

Then he was found afterward in the bowels of the arena.

That was when everything happened. From talking about his feud with President Trump, to meeting Joel Embiid, to discussing cheesesteaks, to calling himself a genius, and to actually complimenting Philadelphia, Ball was his typical boisterous and jubilant self.

"People expect me to be in Philly talking about, 'I don't like Philly, I told you we were gonna beat them,'" Ball said to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Casey Feeney. "I don't got to say all that, they all good people.

"So far, Philly has got the best hospitality we've been around, but we've been to Phoenix, too, they were good."

To recap Ball's night, watch the video above and take everything in below.

Enjoy …

Joel Embiid 'a big fan' of Lakers' Lonzo Ball

Joel Embiid 'a big fan' of Lakers' Lonzo Ball

LOS ANGELES — Could the Sixers' first matchup against Lonzo Ball and Lakers on Wednesday be drama-free after Joel Embiid’s summer of banter with LaVar Ball?

Seems that way.

“I don’t know him personally but I don’t have anything against him,” Embiid said Tuesday of Lonzo Ball. “I said I love what he’s doing, especially with his own shoe.” 

Embiid’s request on draft night has not been forgotten. His tweet asking Ben Simmons to “please dunk on him so hard that his daddy runs on the court to save him” has been retweeted over 52,000 times since June 22. The back and forth between Embiid and Lonzo's father, LaVar, through various media platforms became a major offseason storyline. 

Simmons tweeted “crazy pills” after the senior Ball reacted to his son being drafted by the Lakers and vowed a (seemingly improbable) playoff appearance this season. 

LaVar Ball then took a jab at the Sixers’ record and Embiid’s lack of playing time on 97.5 The Fanatic by saying, “If you don't win and don't even make the playoffs and don't even stay on the court long enough, that's the best thing you can do is tweet.” 

There are two things close to Embiid — his minutes and his social media. 

“F--- LaVar Ball,” Embiid said in a Fourth of July video. He was fined by the NBA. 

But Lonzo Ball is his own player. He’s stayed out of the exchanges and earned the respect of Embiid through his early play. Even though Ball isn’t posting team-leading numbers, he is fulfilling his role as a floor leader. Ball is averaging 9.5 points (31.3 percent shooting from the field, 25.0 percent from three-point range), 7.2 assists and 6.6 rebounds in 33.1 minutes. 

“He’s a great point guard,” Embiid said. “He’s been struggling a little bit shooting the ball but he’s only played like 10, 15 games in the league. It’s all going to come together. But I’m a big fan. He’s a willing passer, especially as a point guard. Having that type of point guard that’s always willing to set guys up is always good.” 

Simmons could get a closer look at Ball in the backcourt. He said he hasn’t watched a lot of him early in the season but they both have strong court vision and are unselfish with the ball. 

“I know he can pass,” Simmons said. “He’s a pretty good player. He can play. He sees the game well, he reads it well, he’s a good player.”

So will this game end up being a quiet battle between two young teams or will commentary ensue?

Stay tuned. 

Did Joel Embiid mock Lonzo Ball's weird jumper?

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Did Joel Embiid mock Lonzo Ball's weird jumper?

Joel Embiid's troll game is on point.

His latest antics came at the expense of his good friend Lonzo Ball.

As you may know, Embiid isn't too fond of Ball's outspoken father, LaVar.

That's been made clear a few times, with this right here serving as a good example.

Embiid on Wednesday night took the latest shot — literally — in this budding feud.

A video posted on SLAM Magazine's Twitter account shows Embiid shooting warmup jumpers in an awkward motion and missing wildly. The form mirrors the unique and distinct shooting mechanics of Ball.

Embiid, with great savvy, put his game face on while firing away like Ball, leaving no indication that he was joking around at the moment.

But people caught it (which Embiid probably wanted). After all, it's hard to miss anything he does these days.

What no one will want to miss is when Embiid's Sixers clash with Ball's Lakers in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Consider this the spark to the fireworks.